A blaze at a Brazilian nightclub left 232 dead early Sunday morning, in what appears to be the world’s deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade.
More than 100 were injured when the fire broke out at 2 a.m. at a nightclub called Kiss in Santa Maria, Brazil, at the southern tip of Brazil near the borders with Argentina and Uruguay.
The facility was hosting an event for a local university. Most of the attendees were students of that school, the Federal University of Santa Maria.
Television images showed smoke pouring out of the nightclub as shirtless, young male partygoers joined firefighters in wielding axes and sledgehammers, pounding at windows and walls to break through to those trapped inside. Teenagers sprinted from the scene desperately trying to find help — others carried injured and burned friends away in their arms.